Chef Emmanuel Baiden
Chef Manny's culinary journey began when he was about 8 years old. Growing up in Ghana, it was uncommon to see boys in the kitchen. That was a "place for women," but he constantly found himself right there next to his mother. The one who taught him the basics about food.
Chef Manny moved from Ghana to pursue a degree in Business Management at James Madison University in Virginia in 2014. He quickly came to understand that he loved being involved in business, but his passion was deeply rooted in hospitality. Having the ability to serve people and seeing them happy was what he had always wanted to do, and cooking seemed to always be at the center of his life. This led him to reevaluate his career path and pursue a degree in hospitality.
During this time, Chef Manny worked and interned with restaurants in and around the Harrisonburg community. He had the opportunity to learn about the history of wine through a rigorous course in Napa Valley, California, with the opportunity to visit and tour the 3-star Michelin restaurant, French Laundry. In 2017 he landed an internship in Hospitality Management at Keswick Hall and Golf Club in Charlottesville, VA, a Five Star Forbes rated establishment. He worked all departments in the front and back of house to thoroughly understand the operations of hospitality. Being the entrepreneur that he is, it was only right that he took all the knowledge he gained in the industry to pursue the private side of culinary arts.
Now in Richmond, VA, Chef Manny is one of the go-to private chefs for events and private dinning. He has made several appearances on CBS 6's Virginia this morning segment showcasing his catering work. Additionally, Chef Manny has worked with clients and partners such as Cangshan Cutlery, The Woodley, Escuminac, Ocean's Halo and more.
I had the pleasure of working with Manny and his team for a charity event last month. The clientele has very discerning taste and Manny worked with me to make sure everyone was pleased. His team interacted with the party and explained the passed dishes during service and we were able to raise a good amount of money as a result. Thank you!
I had the pleasure of enjoying this delicious food for my 7th wedding anniversary on 6/23/20. This was a surprise for my husband and I was hoping he would enjoy. The food was fantastic, my husband is still talking about it . Manny was very professional and pleasant. I highly recommend anyone try his food.
We hired Manny to come cook for a family birthday in our home. He was very professional, clean, and the food was fantastic. I highly recommend hiring Manny for a family event. Leave the kitchen to the chef!